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Mental Strength

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In the book of Samuel, which can be found in the Old Testament, the story of David and Goliath unfolds. It is about a Philistine man called Goliath who, according to Samuel 17:4 in the King James Version, was “six cubits and one span,” which is nine feet and four inches. Though there are discrepancies as to how tall he really was, with some claiming he was shorter than that, the point of the story is how one who possesses mental strength can overcome one who seems to be dominant in physical strength.

Letting Go of Mistakes

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Own it or dump it?

Recently, a friend of mine was explaining to me that someone he knew whom had erred needed to own his mistake. After he said it, he commented that he couldn’t believe he had just made that comment.

I giggled and said that it sounded like social media talking.

I then thought about that idea and wondered, if I have to own every mistake I made, then I most certainly have collected much junk!

Civil Law after an Election

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Keeping Civil In Civilization.

Merriam Webster defines civil as” polite but not friendly: only as polite as a person needs to be in order to not be rude.” And according to the etymology dictionary the word civil originated from the Latin word civilis, "relating to a citizen, relating to public life, befitting a citizen…courteous.” 1

It was not until the late 16 century that the word civil was used in the English language and though the word has been around now for almost a half or century, it may take even longer for it to have a full effect on mankind.

Thanksgiving

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Here in the United States, some gather together on Thanksgiving Day to celebrate thanks to God for all the gifts He so generously bestows upon us.

This American tradition all began when a group of Separatists felt the need to leave England to seek out opportunities for civil and religious freedom. They went from England to the Dutch Netherlands then to America.

On September 6th a ship called the Mayflower carrying 102 Pilgrims traveled over harsh waters for over two months before seeing land on the shores of Massachusetts early in November. Before docking, they searched for a suitable place to begin their new life, so in early December, before disembarking the Mayflower, they signed what is known as the Mayflower Compact. This was the first document to lay the groundwork for civil government and for these people to be self-governed.

Giving Thanks Before Thanksgiving Day

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Giving Thanks Before Thanksgiving Day

 

I was taught by my mentor that the best way to get through the feeling of lack is to make a gratitude list. One day when I was challenged with the feeling of despair that I would not be able to overcome my financial struggles, I decided to take the counsel of this wise individual and make a gratitude list.

I purchased a pretty journal, turned on some meditation and spa music, and got to work.

Page after page I found myself writing down the many gifts that God had bestowed upon me which included individuals I dearly loved who had passed, others who left my experience for various reasons, family members, pets, friends, good health, and overall experiences including the ones that were not harmonious because those tried, tested, and refined me.

Pregnancy

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Mothers; Your Baby Can Hear You!

 

Doctors used to believe that when a baby is forming in its mother’s womb, it was unable to hear sounds. However, now as science often corrects itself, doctors are aware that, as the baby is developing, it hears.

This knowledge is worth listening to!

It places a much greater responsibility on the mother as to what her baby should hear. Though the uterus is not very quiet with all the varying noises from the mother’s body that that the baby hears, the fact that the baby can hear sounds is the concern. Whatever sounds the mother is subjected to, the baby is subjected to, and when the baby hears loud noises, he or she will move around in the uterus, and the mom might even feel a kick or two. Once the mom gives birth, the baby recognizes the voice of its mother.

Adam

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Adam or Adamant?

In her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy explains Adam as follows: “The word Adam is from the Hebrew adamah, signifying the red color of the ground, dust, nothingness. Divide the name Adam into two syllables, and it reads, a dam, or obstruction….Here a dam is not a mere play upon words; it stands for obstruction…” (338:12 XXIX-338:21)

Miriam Webster defines “adamant” as “a stone (as a diamond) formerly believed to be of impenetrable hardness; an unbreakable or extremely hard substance; not willing to change an opinion or decision;... unyielding.” The suffix “ant” signifies “a person or thing that does a specified thing” In this case I’m referring to someone who isn’t willing to change their opinion about something or who is “unyielding.” www.miriamwebster.com

Women Speaking

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Woman Compass Not Command.

 

A compass does not peck or prompt; it points out direction.

As my womanhood continues to unfold, I see that there is more refinement that must happen.

I used to think that men were mostly incapable of thinking on their own, that they needed uxorial prompting, but I have come to understand that was an unfair perception, so where did those beliefs come from?

From other women!

Post-Traumatic Stress

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Healing the Battle Wounds from Within. Autopilot?

 

I’ve heard many instances of reenactments of battles from the American Revolution–such as the Battle of Lexington–and Civil War, and have wondered why some people feel the necessity of replaying such terrible times and horrific events.

I understand the historical significance and the honor due to those who served to bring us freedom, which is why we celebrate Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day, as we should, but reenactment often opens doors to past hurts and memories of grief that resurface and freeze time, making yesterday seem like today.

I used to replay the horrible incidents in my past over and over again in my mind. When I finally decided that I needed help to sort out this disjointed thinking, I was diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In other words, it became difficult for me to discern between present day events and past experiences.

Friendship

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Friendship. Not a small idea!

Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” (ESV)

 

Merriam-Webster defines friendship as: the state of being friends, the relationship between friends, a friendly feeling or attitude, kindness or help given to someone. The obsolete meaning is “aid.”

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